Shark attack and heartless bystanders, 1872.

Escaped from almost being killed by a shark.—From Mr. Kahaawi, the Deputy Sheriff of South Kohala, Hawaii, we received this shark attack story at Kawaihae: On the 15th of this month, a Friday, an old man went fishing aboard his canoe, his name is Kaholo, from Kawaihae. It was not farther than a quarter mile away from land, while he continued paddling his canoe, a huge shark came up from the sea, its lower jaw bit up from the bottom of the waa and its upper jaw snapped down from the top edge of the waa, while some of the rows of its teeth caught the skin of his thigh, and he was pulled into the ocean. The man went down into the water with the shark, but here is the strange thing, the shark didnʻt bite him more. The man hurriedly got back on the waa and grabbed his paddle, at the same time the shark came up again; the man fended off the head of the shark with his hand. When the man got aboard the waa, the shark floated itself atop of the water and then disappeared. There were other fishermen on a canoe at the time, and when the two of them saw him, they paddled over to where Kaholo was floating. Here is how very bitter they were, they didnʻt come by to help the hurt man, they just asked him to give them some bait, and when they got it they just left to go fishing. Kaholo asked for one of them to help him paddle to shore, since he was in much pain and couldnʻt paddle well, but neither of them agreed. Because there was no one to help him, he kept paddling until he almost fainted from losing so much blood; he drifted and paddled until reaching land. The one who told us this news was the very one who stitched up the wound. He said, the fleshy part of the thigh was torn open and was dangling; it was cut [?] from the knee of the left leg up to the buttocks.

(Au Okoa, 3/28/1872, p. 2)

Pakele mai pau i ka mano.

Ke Au Okoa, Buke VII, Helu 50, Aoao 2. Maraki 28, 1872.

On riddles and pen names and such, 1925.

This is a picture of the person whose bird riddle (nane) it was that was published in the Kuokoa for a year, and of the one who searched and found the correct answer and won the prize. Starting from the left is Mr. Enoka Kapoohiwi, who is known by his answer as Palolo Boy; and to his right is Joel K. Apuakehau, and he is known by his pen name, Kahuku Boy, the one to whom belongs the sweet yellow-feathered bird riddle of Kaipoleimanu. These boys are all decked out, as one receives the prize from the hands of the other who offered the prize, as they pose festively.


Because the nane of Kahuku Boy was one which befuddled the experts and well-trained riddle solvers amongst the readership of the Kuokoa, that nane which stood for over year before the correct answer was found by the boy from Palolo; and because it was requested by that Palolo Boy, that a picture be taken of the two of them so that everyone might see the person who composed the nane and the one who searched and found the correct answer; his request was warmly fulfilled, and their picture taking was scheduled for the morning of this past Saturday, and it is the two of them who is seen in the photo.

Because of some difficulties encountered by the editor of this paper, he wasn’t present at the time this event was carried out, and as a result, the real prize does not appear in this photo taking (it was a writing book and a gold-colored pen which was put away in a drawer); the prize you see in the picture is just a stand in so that the desired picture could be shot, that being the presenting of the prize by the one who composed the nane, and the accepting of the prize by the one who had the correct answer; as for the real prize, we await the arrival of that boy from Palolo, to receive it from the hands of the editor of this paper.

[Nane are seen all through the life of the Hawaiian-Language Newspapers. One person would send in a nane to the editor, along with the correct answer. Readers of the paper would then send in their answers. The newspaper editor would often respond to incorrect answers with funny retorts spurring on people to think harder.]

[Pen names seem to naturally go along with nane (although there were many people who used them for submitting letter, articles, or poetry in general). Just a few examples are Kolu Lima Hiku, Hakalau Boy, Waihanau Boy, Sionala, Waiomao Boy, and Kakelakuikealopali. Without other information, like the article above, we may never know their real names. Perhaps the most famous of them all was Z. P. K. Kawaikaumaiikamakaokaopua, which was the pen name of Z. P. K. Kalokuokamaile.]

(Kuokoa, 7/23/1925, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIV, Helu 30, Aoao 2. Iulai 23, 1925.